Jan. 24th, 2012

jackscarab: (Asplode)
Well, I'm done.

After a good three years, more like three and a half I think, I'm done with Terry Pratchett's Discworld... except for the Science of Discworld books and I think one of the YA books.

In hindsight, I wish I had left The Last Hero for after Interesting Times and The Last Continent, and Snuff for after Unseen Academicals, as chronology intended. I inadvertently spoiled myself by going out of the orders within the order.

My next task, after reading everything Pratchett wrote, is to read it all again from start to finish instead of following the general plot lines.

I'm having a difficult time determining who exactly my favorite characters are, in order, so let me just say that I came away from Unseen Academicals with the opinion that Vetinari is in the top five.

This is, in part, why:

The Patrician took a sip of his beer. "I have told this to few people, gentlemen, and I suspect never will again, but one day when I was a young boy on holiday in Uberwald I was walking along the bank of a stream when I saw a mother otter with her cubs. A very endearing sight, I'm sure you will agree, and even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued and dragged on to a half-submerged log. As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and I remember to this day the sweet pinkness of its roes as they spilled out, much to the delight of the baby otters who scrambled over themselves to feed on the delicacy. One of nature's wonders, gentlemen: mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that's when I first learned about evil. It is built in to the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, I told myself, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior."

The two wizards exchanged a glance. Vetinari was staring into the depths of his beer mug and they were glad that they did not know what he saw in there.

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